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, that is not the way to do it. what we should do is what medicare did in 1965. it was a christmas tree in the beginning. that is how they got the legislation passed. after that, then they started putting restrictions. in fact, we must be doing a good job, because now everyone is -- scared that medicare pays so little because it is too stingy in its payment. we did put cost controls and later. medicare does have its financial problems. let me end by saying, i think the public option would have had the potential to control costs, because you could sell insurance, it would garner market share. that could allow for the consolidated purchasing power i talked about to reduce costs which would bring more buyers there. reading the newspapers, it does not look like we will have a public option. that would be the one way in which i could see a health care reform having potential for controlling costs. on a positive note, it is not about costs or dead. if we move towards universal coverage, we are going to be creating a system that will be more malleable to the changes we want to see with regard to cost containme
for medicaid and medicare is of such services. >> the morning. i am susan dencer. happy new year and welcome to our briefing on the national health spending numbers. this is a ritual at the centers for medicare and medicaid services as well as for health affairs to bring out these spending numbers every year, and we are delighted to be able to do that once more. this year we have a historic set of numbers to help cms actuaries and other members unveiled. as you were here and perhaps already read, who have had a historic slowdown in the rate of health spending, the slowest rate of growth in 50 years. of course, the other side of the story is that health spending still grew faster than the overall economy, so we are not out of our long-term trajectory of health-care spending growth continuing to outpace the growth in the gross domestic product. with no further ado, i am going to turn it over to our five panelists to present the data further. you will be hearing from mika hartmann, a statistician in the health statistics group. he works primarily on historical and age-based national health esti
and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free ter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. vo: and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. vo: join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. vo: call now and receive a free accu-chek aviva meter. vo: plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. end tag vo: call the number on your screen. >>> 2009 oscar ballots have been mailed out. the nominees will be announced next month. >> jeremy and i already have some ideas of our own as far as what could get best picture of the year. for me it goes to "precious." i thought that the acting knocked my socks off. it's set in harlem in 1987. where precious is a 16-year-old african-american girl who's pregnant for the second time by her absent father. she's abused emotionally and physically by her mom who you see there played by mo'nique. precious can't read or write but her life changes when she starts going to an alternative school. it's at that point
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why they would endorse a bill offering huge kits to medicare. these private plans offer seniors an alternative to medicare that often includes extra medical coverage like dental and vision care. >> i recognize the gentleman from georgia. >> reporter: georgia republican phil gingrey thinks he knows why. >> seniors are back into medicare fee for service, the more opportunity aarp has to get royalties from the sale of the medi gap policies. >> reporter: he says those seniors force the out of medicare advantage would have to buy supplemental insurance, like medi gap. for insurers like the aarp and its partner, united health care, that means a much higher profit margin. >> they have to purchase a medi gap policy, and oh, guess what? aarp has 30% of that. >> you should know about this card. >> reporter: it's a fact not lost on its member. >> aarp is about insurance. people need to know that. aarp is not out there to help you, it's to take your money and put it in their pocket. >> reporter: the aarp insists this is not true. so your lobbyists haven't lobbied to leave untouched. edigap?
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by president obama is pulling the plug at medicare at one of its clinics. upbeat rock ♪ singer:wanted to get myself a new cell phone ♪ ♪ so i could hear myself as a ringtone ♪ ♪ who knew the store would go and check my credit score ♪ ♪ now all they let me have is this dinosaur ♪ ♪ hello hello hello can anybody hear me? ♪ ♪ i know i know i know i shoulda gone to ♪ ♪ free credit report dot com! ♪ that's where i shoulda gone! coulda got my knowledge on! ♪ ♪ vo: free credit score and report with enrollment in triple advantage. >> bret: and now some fresh pickings from the 2010 political grapevine. the mayo clinic praised by president obama as a national model for official healthcare stopped accepting medicare patients at one of its arizona facilities. more than 3,000 patients eligible for medicare will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at the mayo glendale clinic. the organization lost $840 million last year on medicare and that the program's payments only cover about 50% of its costs. the spokesman says mayo will assess the glenda
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making more than $200,000, and couples making $250,000 would pay more in medicare taxes. and then in the house's version, couples making more than $1 million would get a 5.4% surtax on their adjusted gross income. >>> about 100 people gathered just outside the white house yesterday to protest against iran's government. it demanded human rights and democracy and free press for iran. the group said they wanted obama to take action to end the violence there. >>> and our reza sayah has more. >> two new items to show you on the iran desk. first of all, amateur video posted. remember, some of the video clips are being posted after the demonstrations, because the government blocked internet access or slowed it down. this shows a protester climbing up a light post and ripping down a banner bearing the picture of a leader. and rarely have we aired comments from the protesters themselves because of the media crackdown in iran, and also because a lot of the people are scared. they are convinced iranian intelligence agents are watching them and listening to them. on sunday night we
billion from medicare. that would reduce the deficit by more than $130 billion. >> there are a number of things that make that highly implausible. >> such as covering the uninsured by sending medicaid, shifting costs to cash strapped states. or double counting savings in medicare, also spending the money elsewhere. >> you can't spend the same dollar twice. >> then there is something called the doctor fix in medicare, a move to undo what they did in medicare spending. under current law, doctors that treat the elder would face a 21% cut. so they simply removed it from the reform bill. >> biggest hole in the financing is the fact that they have left out. >> reducing the deficit to making it worse because the doc fix would cost some $210 billion. congress has to fix it anyway, so the house passed it but added to the deficit. >> how will that be financed or will it be financed? that is an open question. >> reporter: cuts to doctors and early attempt to cutting medicare spending never took place why critics are skeptical. as the new ri forms kick in, medicare goes into huge financial troubl
to pay for its medicare expansion and my state didn't? james q. wilson also wrote in his essay that respect for the law of unintended consequences is -- quote -- "not an argument for doing nothing but it is one," mr. wilson said," for doing things experimentally. try your idea out in one place and see what happens before you inflict it on the whole country," he suggests. well, if you'll examine the "congressional record," you'll find that republican senators have been following mr. wilson's advice, proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenging -- challenges 173 different times during 2009. may i say that again. republican senators during 2009 173 different times on the floor of the senate have proposed a step-by-step approach toward health care and other of our nation's challenges. on health care, for example, we first suggested setting a clear goal. that is, reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal. number one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. number two, reducing junk
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by president obama as a national model for official healthcare stopped accepting medicare patients at one of its arizona facilities. more than 3,000 patients eligible for medicare will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at the mayo glendale clinic. the organization lost $840 million last year on medicare and that the program's payments only cover about 50% of its costs. the spokesman says mayo will assess the glendale situation and "to see if it could have implications beyond arizona." >>> nebraska democratic senator ben nelson has asked south carolina republican attorney general henry mcmaster to forego legal action against the senate healthcare reform bill. mcmassster a leader of a group of 13 public attorneys general leading the lawsuit. politico reports they asked that mcmaster "call off the dugs." he had not asked for the horn huskier kickback to be inserted in the bill but that it was inserted as a mark sore that medicare we imburstment would go to every state. but the democratic leadership made no mention of a plan to expand nebraska's deal to the r
can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free informatiokit... and edicare guide., if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you hoose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are o networks and no.referrals needed. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare .supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... how ou ould start saving. >>> coming up next, "the roundtable" and "the sunday funnies." >> it's not raining over there. >> just sit down. >> cherry and -- >> grape? >> -- passion orange. >> looks good. >> how is everybody doing? >> we're great, now. how are you doing? >> happy new year. >> i love you. thank you so much. p
jumpstart kit. who need assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> one item piled high on president's agenda now what to do about iran. tehran remains defiant about its nuclear program, thumbing its nose at the world's demands by missing a deadline over its nuclear program. so how should the wor
been writing think there is not enough reform in it and they begin with medicare. trying to pay for a lot of this by cutting medicare is not the solution. you've got to rearrange medicare, there was a story in the new york times this past week what happens at ucla where they extend life no matter what the cost is, and it becomes well beyond what is reasonable medically. >> as we get older. >> get older. but for example, at ucla medical center, they spend $92,000 i think is the number on the last two years of a life at portland, oregon north of there they spend $52,000 because they have better controls on medicare. so until you begin to pay for value and performance, then health care reform is not going to work despite all of the pieces. >> here we are at the dawn of a new decade. a lot of talk about the old decade. there was a cartoon that caught my eye that shows uncle sam trying to return the first decade of this century to the returns and exchanges bureau and the lady says i'm sorry, sir, we have rules against returning entire decades. but doris, a lot made about the notion o
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and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm dan weston. we're experts at getting you the scooter or power chair you need. in fact, if we pre-qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. call the number on your screen for free information. >>> lightning round now with anne, jessica, and dana. watch closely, david gregory of "motor t meet the press. >> we need to move the state forward and bring in both of the parties together and to get our infrastructure. the water infrastructure tax passed. just a little earthquake. see, in california when there is a noise, earthquakes happen all the time. >> now, we have to be careful because there was an earthquake off
. they control my blood pressure and everything. it is not cost me a dime. i could be on medicare, but i chose not to do it. i've been with the va since i got out of the service in 1971. but why are all of these tests being run? and i know it costs money. host: thank you. in fact, testing has been a regular theme of your story here is 1 "new yorker" article with the headline, "testing, testing." guest: your caller hit the button on one of the issues driving the process, the malpractice system, which is driven in ways -- let me give you an example -- headaches. one community tried to look at how many ct scans and cedar rapids, iowa, they were doing for people. they did 50,000 cds dance for a population of 300,000 people a year. all of us know this is not necessary. 10,000 of them were for had ct scans, and only a tiny number of some of it was fear of malpractice suits. more significant part of it is that we have not really established what our process is, our appropriate guideline for care for handling the headaches so we can do it the right way, so we have tens of thousands of unnecessary ct s
this historical legislation. it is right alongside such security and medicare. -- social security and medicare. >> in number of moderates have said [inaudible] what changes are critical? >> we want our final product to ensure affordability to the middle cows, accountability for the insurance companies, and by lowering costs for every stage. those of the standards that we have. >> [inaudible] >> i prefer to call and the public's options. we want to increase competition. there are ways to do that. we look forward to having those discussions as to reconcile the bill. unless the whole the insurance counties -- companies accountability, we will not have affordability for the middle class. we need to end discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions, to cap payments and co-payments. it is about affordability. that is essential to accessibility. we will have what we need to hold the insurance companies accountable. i contend that whatever we have coming out of this bill, we will hold them accountable. there will be crying out. -- they will be crying out. >> [inaudible] right now there has be
the center for medicare education, the better jobs better care of national program. she was a political appointee during the clinton administration, serving in the department of health and human services. she also was assistant secretary for aging in 1997. she is been a senior researcher for health services research and project hope center for health affairs previously. to begin, but welcome to the podium. let's welcome him to the podium. >> people tend to view long-term care through a particular lands, depending on what they are interested in. some people focus on specific federal programs. they might focus on quality issues or workforce issues. they also tend to focus on specific populations of elderly. as carol levine said in her article, the whole is often eclipsed by a separate part. this article is an attempt to paint a picture of that hole, although i realize there are plenty of my own biases in it. we include people receiving long-term care from public programs, from family members, from private paid workers, whether they live in the community or institutions, whether they are e
revenue to support thatd fund that. >> they cut $500 billion from medicare. they also need lots of new revenue. the house would raise it by imposing a 5.4% you are fax with those are gross income of $500,000 or more. the senate raises the biggest chunk of its revenues through a 40% tax on so-called cadillac plans. >> this is an obvious place to do it. it's the largest untaxed fringe benefit in the u.s. tax code. >> obama advisers say the benefits like the ones wall street bankers enjoy, but the vast majority are union members and state government employees. martha: what happens to these plans when you put a 40% tax on them. >> many of those plans will get too expensive and slowly disappear. but there is a bigger result, this will result in larger tax bills for middle class families. the reason is because if those union members lose healthcare benefits which are untaxable, the senate is assuming they will get wages to replace that which are taxable. the senate is counting on raising $160 billion in new taxes over 10 years, the majority of which would come from the middle class. listen t
're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare, call now and we'll send you a free meter. it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. so it's less painful. it makes a big difference. and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. call now and get your free meter. plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. call the number on your screen. >>> good afternoon, everyone. good afternoon, david. >> alex, i'm david shuster live in washington. alex, in "the big picture" this hour, we expect president obama in about 30 or 40 minutes to detail his findings about a report that he asked for just a few days ago about that terror attempt aboard the jetliner, the northwest airlines jet on christmas day. we are anticipating that the president's going to release some new information about the narrative, including information that government authorities had essentially decided to try and ask abdulmutallab some question
are, elderly, or late middle-aged because of the pattern of our wars. most will qualify for medicare anyway. the va has excess capacity. it soon will have a whole lot more excess capacity. as the last the world war ii generation and korea war pass along. . . dicare is about two-thirds. so this is a triple winner. open up the va to the vets who can use the medicare entitlement not only that, open >> let them buy into the system. does not only makes clinical sense, an 80 year-old veterans, they're both going to have to learn to take care of each other, but it makes financial sense because every person you get off medicare into the va, you save may be about a third. and patient satisfaction is incredibly high. so that's my case. for what we've got to do, not just about agent orange situation, but getting our veterans ride in general. thank you. [applause] >> well, thank you everyone for your remarks. i want to open it up to questions from the audience. at first i just want to ask a few myself. and the first is, that it seems like both in vietnam and in the united states, this is sort of
diabetes and are on medicare, call now and we'll send you a free meter. it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. so it's less painful. it makes a big difference. and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. call now and get your free meter. plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. call the number on your screen. >>> a difficult set back for michael brewer. you may remember him as the young man who was horribly burned by three teenagers back in october. well, now brewer was returned to the hospital fighting respiratory problems. the 15-year-old was released from intensive care just days ago. he was doused with rubbing alcohol back in october, set on fire. he's listed in serious condition at a local hospital. and a new set of mammogram guidelines cop tra dikt recommendations from a panel. two breast imaging groups say annual mammograms should start at age 40 for women with an average risk of breast c
of the provisions the closing of the doughnut hole, that's how much the people on medicare have to pay out of pocket for their medication. we want to close that gap so people don't have to pay that much. we do it in the house of representatives, and so that was i think a lot of the conversation. so it isn't super yet. >> host: recovered a town hall meeting with stupak in michigan he talked about his amendment on abortion. it's part of the house legislation. did that come up last night and what is the fate of that do you think? >> guest: eight date. the pro-choice caucus which i'm part of, which has well over 100 members in the house of representatives and wide support throughout the country reproductive health care being part of any package. it came up last night in the context of those of us who are pro-choice believe that we ought to stick with the status quo that says and i want to say very clearly not any federal dollar to pay for abortion. we don't necessarily like that but we agree with that. that is the hyde amendment. and the stupak amendment and the nelson amendment and the samet go well be
bucks -- assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. dave: listen to this concept, what if we take our politicians out of washington? away from lobbyist and away from each other, will they get more work done? and we are back with our political panel, who is actually tweeting for clayton mo
's power. medicare, medicaid, social security, all of -- all three. >> let's talk about that. how did they get there? they got there through cloture and they bought off individual citizens -- senators and in this case, the benefit is for a narrow interest. it does not serve the general welfare. i think any simple and clear-minded analysis would say that that in fact did injustice to any practical consideration of the welfare clause. gregg: you argue and mention just -- mentioned a second ago, you know, deals were cut to secure the vote. >> yes, sir. gregg: and you have argued in your op-ed that that runs afoul of the constitution. well, professor, doesn't nearly every spending bill in washington do precisely that? i mean, goodness, earmarks are slipped into just about every spending bill that -- and that is selective spending and advantages some states and disadvantages others, doesn't it? >> you are a lawyer and i would suggest that in this case this is a prime case that should be advanced to the supreme court to make a decision. let's say that there are things that have gotten under
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like medicare isn't a less expensive higher quality plan. it's an adequate plan. >> reporter: moderate senators felt the same way, so a public option is not in the senate bill. and now even many house democratic leaders seem ready to throw it overboard. even as she wrangles with the senate democrats over the final bill, speaker pelosi seemed to talk about it in the past tense saying the goals of the public option will be accomplished in other ways. >> we will have what we need to hold the insurance companies accountable. i contend that whatever we have coming out of this bill will hold them accountable, and they'll be crying out to public option one of these days. >> reporter: another member of the democratic leadership cleiburn was asked if he could support a bill that does not have a public option? >> yes, sir, i. can>> reporter: texas democrats acknowledged to fox what many house members concluded. >> the big issues like public option we'll go with the senate version. >> reporter: one moderate democrat says all the concessions extracted from the insurance companies made the public o
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't let the government put its hands on my medicare tax code -- medicare?" >> we are hoping to point out that that crisis is sufficiently imminent so that we have to move ahead, and we think that is likely to be persuasive. it is not that the leadership of the congress and the administration do not know about this problem. it is not that they do not know what some of the options are. but so far partisanship has prevailed, and we hope we can turn that around. >> i think it is obvious that the leadership in both houses know the problems are big and know it is bad. if we can just add to the trepidation, to the fear that this is something really big, and we'd better think big an act big and try to pull ourselves together so that we can politically we're doing something we would not otherwise do, we cannot do that if we're not addressing the problem in that way. one more. >> "new york times", senator dementia. one of the biggest things -- senator demomenciici. could you explain why you think that taxes have to be on the table? senator mitch mcconnell said the he would accept a cut spending co
to campaign differently. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. >>> when the 2012 race for the white house starts gearing up will women candidates still face an uphill battle or will they be taken seriously? who are they anyway when it comes to 2012, the women going to jump into the race? "washington post" white house correspondent ann corn blunt made discoveries in her new book "notes from the cracked ceiling." take a look. anne, welcome. full disclosure. we've known each other for a very long time. we've been friends for a long time. i got an early peek at the book. it's an amazing read. 2008 campaign, hillary clinton came so close to getting her party's nomination. sarah palin the gop's first vice presidential nominee, and, yet, you argue 2008 was not a great year for women in politics. explain. >> well, look, we don't give points for second place in this country. we don't say, oh, john kerry came in second place for the presidency. hooray, that was historic. it was foley for some of us in the wake of 2008 to say it was the year of the woman. they both lost and at the same time they als
. that is almost $8,000 per person. that according to the centers for medicare and medicaid services. the center says healthcare spending is rising at an unsustainable rate and that is why the president wants to do something. >> gretchen: remember what happened before christmas and then new year? the house and senate passed their versions of healthcare reform. both chambers are looking to raise money to support the respective bills. >> steve: the senate's so-called cadillac tax sounds like a tax on the rich but could the middle class ultimately end up footing the bill? fox news correspondent jim ingle takes a look in the new healthcare series debating the differences. >> both the house and senate need to raise lots of new revenue to cover the cost of reform. the house wants to impose a 5.4% sur tax on those with gross income of $500,000 a year or more. a money raising move with no impact on healthcare itself but unions think taxing the wealthy is a good move anyway. >> they got a tax cut from president bush. >> the senate raises the biggest chunk of revenues through a 40% tax on cadillac plans,
in the future. >> will they be going up? christine's got your business for you this morning. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. ♪ >>> 20 minutes after the hour, that means it's time for "minding your business." >> christine romans is here, and hopefully we'll start off 2010 on a positive note for business stories. yes or no, or am i dreaming? >> yes, we started off 2010 with ben bernanke on the front page of every american business newspaper this morning, he had what i'd like to call the super bowl of economics conferences in atlanta yesterday where he was defending the fed's rollover the past few years since the beginning of the decade, saying low interest rates was not the big cause of this housing bubble. something many critics in congress and some economists have said for some time, that ben bernanke and his friends at the fed kept interest rates way too low and that pumped money through the economy and that blew up the housing bubble. ben bernanke brought this slide himself at this conference yesterday, so if you missed it, this is what it is. this is what interest rates look like, t
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